Let’s just start by saying how incredible plants are. What can’t they do? Nut m*lk – nailed it! Plant-yoghurt, yas please. The supermarkets are booming with ingredients from the plant kingdom from straight up vegetables to creative alternatives to replace popular dairy products from nice cream to cashew cheese. And not only do they taste great, they’re great for you and the planet.
PLANTS = POWER + PROTECTION
Plant based foods are literally life giving. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes that bring oxygen and nourishment to your cells and are required for thousands of functions in the body to be carried out.
Phytonutrients (sometimes called phytochemicals) are nutritious little compounds produced by plants to protect them from health threats like bacteria and viruses. And when you eat them, you also get protection from the phytonutrients that you ingest.
You’ll be getting an abundance of antioxidants as plant-based diets are often higher in fruit and vegetables, which reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as a result of the antioxidants. They also play a key role in reducing inflammation. Two of the key components here are flavanoids (which are found in onions, apples and berries) and carotenoids (present in spinach, carrots, broccoli and yellow squash).
PROTEIN DOES GROW ON TREES
Protein plays a variety of roles within the body including muscle repair, transport roles, cell structure, cell growth and to initiate reactions which contribute to key bodily functions. It’s safe to say we need it and there’s a common myth that you can struggle to hit your recommended daily allowance on a plant-based diet, however, it’s actually pretty easy. Some of our favourite plant-based protein sources include legumes, quinoa, nuts and seeds. Take chickpeas for examples, they contain 19g of protein per 100g, not far off that of chicken which has 21g of protein per 100g.
YOU WON’T MISS THE CALCIUM
Cow’s milk has a reputation of being a strong source of calcium, but did you know there is only 125mg of calcium in 100g, but 975mg of calcium in 100g of sesame seeds! Did you also know that the almonds we use are higher in calcium, with double the amount per 100g.
YOU’LL BE HORMONE FREE
When we take on a plant-based diet we are remove any hormones which we otherwise consume in animal products (even organic sources). Naturally occurring hormones which we consume from animal sources can play havoc with our own hormones, which in turn can marginally disrupt some of our bodily functions, from our digestion to skin health.
PLANTS TASTE GREAT
We’ve all been or known someone that will state they don’t like a certain food. Take sprouts for example, one that can divide a dinner table, but we think it all comes down to how you prepare them. Basic and boiled, we get it, but roasted with some herbs and spices – hell yeah! The same applies to most plants, preparation is key, and a little dressing goes a long way.
PLANT-BASED = BETTER FOR THE PLANET
The way in which agriculture is currently farmed simply isn’t sustainable. The meat and dairy industries are responsible for 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases. More than all the world’s transportation – planes, cars and boats – put together! We need to eat more consciously and, generally speaking, plant foods tend to have much less of an environmental impact than livestock, particularly when grown organically. We’re not saying you have to go vegan warrior overnight, just take small steps in the right direction. Eat more plants and less processed junk. Switch your dairy-milk for our plant-fuelled ones. Small actions can have a big impact. And if you’ve got this far, you’re already off to a great start.